Now, MF Husain, Raza on carpets

Updated: Jul 01, 2010, 12:55 PM IST

New Delhi: Select artworks by top selling Indian art masters SH Raza, MF Husain are now available as hand woven designer carpets in limited editions that would be sold to raise funds for building two new animal hospitals.

A total of 25 artists along with seven fashion
stalwarts such as Rohit Bal and Manish Arora have lent their
works for the "Fly your carpet to your walls" fundraising
project of Maneka Gandhi`s NGO People for Animals (PFA).
"We do something exclusive every year to raise funds
for our NGO. This time all the best artists of the country
have given us their works which have been reproduced on
carpets," Maneka Gandhi, Chairperson, PFA told PTI during a
preview here.
A total of 40 artworks reproduced in limited editions
of 20 carpets each begin at Rs 35,000 each and go up to Rs 5
lakh for works by Raza and Husain, the most expensive artists.
The carpets would be exhibited in the capital between August
27- August 29.
"These carpets are hand-woven and each of them carry
an authentication certificate from the painter. So you can get
an original Raza which costs crores, for around 5 lakh," says
The money raised through sales would go to building
two new veterinary hospitals one in New Delhi and another in
Mysore. Presently the PFA operates a total of 26 animal
hospitals and shelters in the country.
"I call them floor art. The artists have given us
their designs and we have worked with master weavers on museum
quality carpets that can also be hung on the walls. It could
be said as a new form of art," says Sunil Sethi, President
Fashion Design Council of India and Vice Chairman All India
Handloom Board.
"Only two works, one each by Husain and Manjit Bawa,
with images of religious deities, are only to be hung on the
wall," he says adding that Husain is the only artist who has
not seen his paintings woven on the carpet.
Fashion designer Madhu Jain whose traditional Andhra
motif design "Dance of the bulls" along with model Milind
Soman is featured among the carpets says, "We take up very
unusual projects and this is like a musuem masterpiece. The
proceeds will go for a good cause."
Featured artists in the initiative are S H Raza, M F
Husain, Ram Kumar, Jehangir Sabavala and Manjit Bawa, T
Vaikuntam, Chitravanu Mazumdar, Paresh Maity, Manu Parekh,
Sujata Bajaj among others. Younger artists such as G R Iranna,
Thukral and Tagra and Binoy Varghese are also showcased.
Designers whose designs have been reproduced include
Manish Arora, Rohit Bal, Rajesh Pratap Singh, J J Valaya,
Rityu Kumar, Sabysachi Mukherjee and Madhuy Jain. PTI ANS